Purple, Yellow & Gray Baby Shower

Hey party people!

Despite the many party fails, the baby shower for my friend Jessica actually turned out great.

Baby Shower - Purple, Gray & Yellow by PartiesforPennies.com

Instead of a theme, I decided to use the nursery colors: purple, yellow & gray.

Polka-Dotted Envelope Flap - Materials

I DIYed the invitations & even added a fun addition to the envelope flap. Find out what that was & how I did it here.

Baby Shower - Welcome Sign 1

This welcome sign I created from foamboard, chevron patterned painters tape, and my own design.

Jessicas Baby Shower - favor & activity table

You may have seen my original favor fail here, but thankfully my sister Meg came up with a brilliant plan.

Jessicas Baby Shower - favors

Meg made homemade lemon sugar scrub and packaged them in empty baby food jars. Talk about a lifesaver! They turned out so cute & still budget-friendly.

Jessicas Baby Shower - birthday blessings

We didn’t do any baby shower games (I’m not a huge fan of them, if I’m completely honest) so instead, I made cards numbered 1-18. Everyone at the shower took a different card & wrote a birthday message to Ariana (Jessica’s baby). Every birthday from now until 18, she can open up a birthday card from one of her mother’s friends/family. I can’t take credit for the idea, though. I was inspired from this post from Martha Stalwart.

Jessicas Baby Shower - diaper cake

I also made a diaper cake for the first time. I figured out a really easy way to do it & I’m going to show you in a video tutorial coming soon!

Jessicas Baby Shower - the girls

I was really lucky to have some great co-hosts! Nicole (she let us use her clubhouse), my sister Meg (who was a HUGE help!!), Sarah, (Jessica is in the middle), Amy, and not pictured is Lesa (Jessica’s mom).

Jessicas Baby Shower - Salad Bar sign 1

The shower took place in the afternoon so I wanted to serve something really light & healthy. I set up a salad bar. It made it easy when someone offered to bring something, too.

Lesa brought the lettuce & walnuts. Amy stocked up at Costco with cheese, tomatoes, carrots & bread.

Purple, Gray & Yellow Baby Shower - Salad Bar

I was able to use some square vases I had to serve all the toppings.

Do you recognize that tablecloth? That was a tablecloth I stenciled myself on a $3.99 Ikea flat sheet. See all the details here.

Jessicas Baby Shower - Dressings

We had a variety of dressings for guests. The lemon vinaigrette was made by Jessica’s mom & I made the parsley vinaigrette dressing.

Purple, Yellow & Gray Baby Shower - Fruit Cups | PartiesforPennies.com

In addition to the salad bar & bread, I also made these fruit cups.

Purple, Yellow & Gray Baby Shower - Drink Cart | PartiesforPennies.com

This was one of my favorite things about the shower!

I’ve been hunting for a bar cart for our dining room for awhile. When this shower came up, I increased the hunt because I knew the bar cart would be a perfect drink station. After coming up dry at all the thrift stores & craigslist, I asked all my FB friends if they had any ideas or leads. That’s when Phyllis messaged me! She said she had a bar cart collecting dust and I could have it if I wanted. (Wha?? I have the best FB friends in the whole world :-))

When she sent a picture of it, it was a little dusty & I couldn’t quite tell the condition. I figured I may have to paint it or re-stain it. But Phyllis was so sweet & even cleaned it up for me. It looked awesome…no touch-ups necessary! Seriously, Phyllis…thank you soo much! (Let me know if I ever do a party project that you really like & want to have!)

Purple, Yellow & Gray Baby Shower - Lavender Lemonade | PartiesforPennies.com

Meg came up with another great idea! She made lavender lemonade. It was delicious & refreshing…and went perfect with the purple & yellow colors.

Purple, Yellow & Gray Baby Shower - Dessert Table | PartiesforPennies.com

Here’s my little dessert table. The backdrop is simply a tri-fold foam project board spray painted purple & lined with wood trim.

In hindsight, I should’ve just used white ribbon or just put painters tape down before I spray painted it. It ended up to be a little of a pain. The wood trim ended up to be more expensive than I had expected and to cut those edges just right was quite the chore.

And while we’re on what I’d do differently…I would’ve added something to give the apothecary jars some height. They just get lost back there. 🙂

Purple Yellow & Gray Baby Shower - Strawberry Cake

Jessica’s mom, Lesa, brought this beautiful & delicious strawberry cake.

Purple, Yellow & gray Baby Shower - cookies

These are called Boyfriend Cookies & Sarah contributed these. They are oatmeal, peanut butter & chocolate cookies! I didn’t get a chance to taste one but everyone said they were awesome.

Purple, Yellow & Gray Baby Shower - Whoopie Pies | PartiesforPennies.com

This little DIY Gray Milk Glass Stand was supposed to hold my French Macarons but those were a complete party fail (read more about them here). I envisioned this mini pyramid of macarons perched upon this stand, but since it didn’t work out, I decided at 8:00pm Saturday night that I’d make lemon & blueberry whoopie pies.

I make them from a cake mix, so they were easy to do. Here’s the recipe for chocolate whoopie pies I made last year.

Purple, Yellow & Gray Baby Shower - Rice Krispy Treats

These need no explanation. 😉

I did, however, think I’d end up with leftovers but these were the first to go. Guess no matter what your age…Rice Krispy treats are delicious!

Purple, Yellow & Gray Baby Shower - Outside Tables | PartiesforPennies.com

Outside, we set up several tables so people could enjoy the beautiful sunshine.

That pretty purple pattern was from the Online Fabric Store. I just cut enough to cover the top part of the table & had a plain white tablecloth underneath.

Purple, Yellow & Gray Baby Shower - ABC Centerpiece | PartiesforPennies.com

For each table, I had several white milk glass vases and some type of decorative item.

These were just wooden letters I picked up at the craft store and decoupaged them using scrapbook paper.

Purple, Yellow & Gray Baby Shower - Table Centerpiece | PartiesforPennies.com

That little baby bassinet was something I found at the thrift store, cleaned it up & spray painted it to match the rest of the decor.

The best part about these little centerpieces was that Jessica was able to take them home to put in Ariana’s room.

Purple, Yellow & Gray Baby Shower - Centerpiece | PartiesforPennies.com

This was another thrift store find that I got a little spray paint happy with!

I have to say that I was able to find a good amount of white milk glass vases at thrift stores but my friend Michelle, of Iron & Twine blog, was my milk glass goddess! ;p She has an awesome collection & let me borrow them! Your collection was put to good use…thanks Michelle (check out her blog…she’s kind of a big deal & you will love it…money back guarantee).

Purple, Yellow & Gray Baby Shower - Place Setting | PartiesforPennies.com

Jessicas Baby Shower - Family Shot

One of the coolest things about the shower was that Jessica’s sister was able to join us via Skype. She lives in England but she was able to sit through the whole thing…even get in a group shot!

It really was a wonderful shower…not just because everything came together but because we were celebrating our friend’s new joy. Not too long ago, we were celebrating Jessica’s birthday and she shared that she found out she was pregnant right before she left the house. Now…in a little over a month, we’ll get to meet beautiful Ariana. Can’t wait!

Thanks for checking out my sweet friend’s baby shower! Stop back in on Friday because I have a really fun kids party project!

Until then…Party On!

p.s. This is YOUR official invite to the party… join in on the Parties for Pennies Facebook pageTwitter, and Pinterest


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  • Danielle
    Posted at 14:32h, 18 September Reply

    GORGEOUS Heidi! Those colours are adorable!! Purple and grey are my favourite colours (if grey is a colour though!! 😀 ) SUPER job, it looks fantastic!!

    Danielle x

    • Heidi Rew
      Posted at 20:17h, 18 September Reply

      Thanks so much Danielle!! <3 Heidi

  • Kate Brennan
    Posted at 16:59h, 18 September Reply

    So cute Heidi! Might pass on some of this adorable inspiration to my sisters for my upcoming baby shower 🙂

    • Heidi Rew
      Posted at 20:17h, 18 September Reply

      Ahh…so exciting! I have to say that you are one of the best looking pregnant ladies! 🙂 I hope I can look as half as stylish one day. ;p Hope your shower is awesome! Hope to see pics on the blog or at least on Instagram. <3 Heidi

  • Rachael
    Posted at 18:18h, 18 September Reply

    This party is amazing! I love all the little touches that make it so special. The foam board at the entrance is so elegant, and that dessert table looks awesome. I would have never thought to spray paint a foam board for the backdrop, but that really added a lot to the look of the table.

    • Heidi Rew
      Posted at 20:15h, 18 September Reply

      Thanks so much Rachael! I really appreciate it! <3 Heidi

  • Miki
    Posted at 03:27h, 19 September Reply

    The rice crispy treat popsicles look amazing! Everything gels well with the theme color pattern. I love it all! Great job!

    • Heidi Rew
      Posted at 13:31h, 20 September Reply

      Thanks Miki! Isn’t it funny how sometimes the most simple thing can be the biggest hit? :p <3 Heidi

  • Sarah
    Posted at 04:40h, 20 October Reply

    Hi, I was wondering where you purchased the invitations from and also the very pretty plates? Thank you

  • Brooke
    Posted at 00:54h, 06 January Reply

    Everything looks so beautiful!!!
    How did you make the lemon sugar scrub??? I want to use this for my friend’s yellow and grey themed baby shower!

    • Heidi Rew
      Posted at 02:37h, 06 January Reply

      Hey Brooke! Thank you. Yes! 2.5 cups of sugar, 1 c. olive oil and a few tablespoons of lemon juice. Good luck on your shower! I’m sure it will be awesome. <3 Heidi

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 14:44h, 25 January Reply

    This shower theme is so beautiful and practical. I love it and am borrowing many of your ideas for my daughter’s shower in March. Where did you get those grey flowered sqare plates? I have been looking for something similar to them.
    Thanks for your inspiration!

  • J
    Posted at 21:51h, 06 February Reply

    Where did you find the patterned purple, grey, and yellow scrapbook paper? I am throwing my sister a shower and have looked in multiple stores and have yet to find any. Any advice would be appreciated

    • Heidi Rew
      Posted at 15:26h, 12 February Reply

      Hey J! Are you talking about the grey, purple & yellow signs? I made those. If you’d like to order some, just email me & we can work something out. My email address is: heidi@heidirew.com. <3 Heidi

      • Angela
        Posted at 23:42h, 11 August Reply

        Hi there! I love this setup! Where did you get those table clothes from?

        • admin
          Posted at 12:41h, 12 August Reply

          Hi Angela! Thanks so much! The tablecloths on the dining tables were actually just fabric I ordered from Online Fabric Store. They’re awesome to work with. <3 Heidi

  • Angela
    Posted at 05:47h, 18 August Reply

    Thanks Heidi!

  • Karen
    Posted at 03:18h, 29 January Reply

    What software program did you use to create the wording and shape on the foam board?

    • Heidi Rew
      Posted at 21:52h, 03 February Reply

      Karen, I used PicMonkey. It’s a free online software. It’s very user-friendly. <3 Heidi

  • Marcy
    Posted at 23:50h, 23 February Reply

    I love your invitations….. Any way to order some customized ones for a shower I’m throwing? They fit the theme perfectly! 🙂

    • Heidi Rew
      Posted at 14:23h, 26 February Reply

      Hey Marcy! Sure. Just email me at: heidi@partiesforpennies.com. I can design a personalized one for you for a small price. <3 Heidi

  • Ayushi
    Posted at 19:52h, 20 May Reply

    Hi! love the tri fold poster board idea as the dessert table back drop! I would love to know how you made it stand? I want to try this concept for a baby shower and was trying to search way on how to make the board stand and i came across your site! would love to know how you managed that! THank you in advance!! 🙂

    Beautiful shower! <3

    • Heidi Rew
      Posted at 22:05h, 20 May Reply

      Ayushi, It was really easy to stand up since it’s a tri-fold poster board. I didn’t have any issues. I just folded the sides in slightly and that made it stand. Hope this helps! <3 Heidi

      • Ayushi
        Posted at 17:47h, 21 May Reply

        Thank you Heidi! I had just assumed that since you added the wood trim that it might have gotten a bit heavy and need support to stand. But glad to hear it stood on its own! Thank you 🙂

        • Heidi Rew
          Posted at 20:07h, 21 May Reply

          Sure! Surprisingly, it was still fine on it’s own…even with the wood pieces. <3 Heidi

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